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Cardinal in a Tree

I happened to look out my kitchen window and saw a male cardinal high up in a tree. Not only was the cardinal high up in the tree, he was a long way from where I stood watching him!

Male Cardinal

I used my new camera, the Olympus E-5, with an Olympus 70-300 mm lens to capture this photograph. I was zoomed all the way out, to 300 mm (which is equivalent to a 35 mm focal length of 600mm). This photograph is NOT CROPPED. For my photography buffs I include additional EXIF information. This photograph was taken at f/16 with a shutter speed of 1/320 sec. and ISO 250. I used spot metering and a sunny White Balance. I did not use a tripod.

By cropping the above photograph, I brought the cardinal a lot closer to me.

Male Cardinal

By the way, as you can tell, it is a gorgeous day here in Western Pennsylvania!

 

12 Responses to “Cardinal in a Tree”

  1. Ciss B

    You really can zoom with that lens! I love the pics of the birds around your home, especially the cardinals since I really love them here too.

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  2. Scott

    Nice job on that Linda. I've got that same lens on my E30 and found it comes in handy quite often.

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  3. George

    What a great picture. You did a marvelous job of capturing the cardinal with your long lens.I'm glad you had a beautiful, sunny day after all the snow you've had this winter.

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  4. Chip Allen

    Nice shot, Linda! Except for the macro all of my lenses are image stabilized and I can usually get away with shooting offhand which is a good thing because I ALWAYS forget the tripod is in the truck.

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  5. E. Z.

    Linda – I love the uncropped photo. The leafless trees, the sense of absence and right in the middle of it all, a small, red speck of life. Your love of taking photos shows in each one you do. The “Patches series” has been fun. What a sweet little girl. Ellen

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  6. Rose

    I am so ready for a few days of brilliant blue skies….and he is a handsome fellow sitting there.

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  7. Linda (PA_shutterbug)

    Thank you all for your comments!@Chip – My camera has IS built in, so I am able to take a lot more pictures hand held than I was without IS! I still tend to shake, though, when I attempt to focus on something as small as a bird a long ways off!@E.Z. – Ellen, I went to your blogger profile. I didn't find any recent blog posts …

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